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by SuzBanyan
Mon Feb 19, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to qualify wife for ACA subsidy in 2018
Replies: 18
Views: 1402

Re: How to qualify wife for ACA subsidy in 2018

Although lumping rental income into 2019 has been discussed, I would think that lumping expenses, such as property taxes into 2018, might be easier.
by SuzBanyan
Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:49 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Catastrophic medical insurance
Replies: 8
Views: 627

Re: Catastrophic medical insurance

JBTX wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 8:38 pm
NotWhoYouThink wrote:
Sat Feb 17, 2018 6:41 pm
I thought ACA prohibited catastrophic plan for those over 30. We'd like one, too.
I'm going to guess that you can still get them but it would not have waived the ACA penalty, which was just repealed.
Note that the ACA penalty was not repealed until 2019.
by SuzBanyan
Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Home Office Tax Deduction
Replies: 14
Views: 817

Re: Home Office Tax Deduction

I thought home office deductions, along with other unreimbursed employee business expenses, had been eliminated for 2018 and beyond by the recent tax bill. Is this not the case?
by SuzBanyan
Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How will or might nonprofits be affected by tax law changes?
Replies: 36
Views: 1888

Re: How will or might nonprofits be affected by tax law changes?

Until we see what legislation the states pass in reaction to the Federal tax bill, it may be too early to speculate about long term effects on charitable giving. Personally, anticipating that we would not itemize in the future, we both doubled our 2017 donations and made a large donation (about 5 ye...
by SuzBanyan
Wed Jan 17, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Can We Retire in Hawaii? Please Critique
Replies: 146
Views: 13448

Re: Can We Retire in Hawaii? Please Critique

One thing you might want to do is to look at your numbers as if you are buying instead of building. This would give you firmer numbers to work with and give you a better idea of what is possible. I would be cautious about the plan on homeschooling your kids to make this work since being able to do ...
by SuzBanyan
Wed Jan 10, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Sell bonds, pre-pay mortgage instead?
Replies: 10
Views: 805

Re: Sell bonds, pre-pay mortgage instead?

For anyone for whom the choice in 2018 is a wash between the standard deductions and itemizing, it may make sense to understand how your state will react to the new federal tax law — if at all — before making changes to your finances.
by SuzBanyan
Sun Jan 07, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Early retirement and a different angle on paying off the mortgage...
Replies: 8
Views: 2033

Re: Early retirement and a different angle on paying off the mortgage...

A couple of thoughts. Have you looked at delaying SS until later? Given your current ages, you probably are not even at full retirement age at 65. For a couple, it will often make sense for the person with the highest SS to delay until 70. Is your pension reduced if one of you dies? Your mortgage in...
by SuzBanyan
Thu Jan 04, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Can no longer invest in Vanguard admiral funds in Chase account. Suggestions?
Replies: 36
Views: 2373

Re: Can no longer invest in Vanguard admiral funds in Chase account. Suggestions?

chase said nothing to me about not being able to buy an admiral fund earlier this week. but i didn’t actually buy it, just indicated i planned to soon. i can't see this has anything to do with dol. i’ll probably buy the etf. I moved a large position in a non-retirement account invested in a Vanguar...
by SuzBanyan
Thu Dec 28, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Pass-Thru Entities Questions Thread]
Replies: 140
Views: 9659

Re: [Pass-Thru Entities Questions Thread]

I am not clear on this either. Since Engineering and Architecture are excluded from the specified professions (not sure I said that right), does this mean that the income thresholds do not apply to these businesses? If that's not what it means (being excluded), what does it mean? I hope that the in...
by SuzBanyan
Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Implications of tax bill on residential real estate (house prices)
Replies: 62
Views: 5805

Re: Implications of tax bill on residential real estate (house prices)

I would think vacation homes will be impacted the most. If I understand correctly, primary residence plus vacation home mortgage combined is limited to $750k and no deductions for HELOC. I think it will take a while for people to appreciate exactly how HELOC is defined: any loan not use to acquire ...
by SuzBanyan
Sat Dec 23, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [Pass-Thru Entities Questions Thread]
Replies: 140
Views: 9659

Re: Question about pass through income in new tax law

—snip— Regardless of your business field, you do not get the deduction if you are a sole prop at income levels above $207k/$415k. If you are over those income levels, you will need to have W-2 wages to qualify for the deduction - and you do not get the deduction at all in you are in one of the prof...
by SuzBanyan
Fri Dec 22, 2017 2:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Please Post Tax Bill Questions Here [was Tax Bill Omnibus Thread]
Replies: 886
Views: 51080

Re: Please Post Tax Bill Questions Here [was Tax Bill Omnibus Thread]

Page 33 of the new law has the effective date in (b). When Thuronyi wrote his blog, the conference bill had a bad date. That date was corrected in the final version passed by both houses. The language now states that for tax years after 2016 you cannot pay 2018 state and local income taxes and take ...
by SuzBanyan
Fri Dec 22, 2017 9:52 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Please Post Tax Bill Questions Here [was Tax Bill Omnibus Thread]
Replies: 886
Views: 51080

Re: Please Post Tax Bill Questions Here [was Tax Bill Omnibus Thread]

When Thuronyi wrote his blog, the conference bill had a bad date. That date was corrected in the final version passed by both houses. The language now states that for tax years after 2016 you cannot pay 2018 state and local income taxes and take the deduction in 2017. Thus, it is specifically prohib...
by SuzBanyan
Mon Dec 18, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Clever use of a "C" Corporation
Replies: 21
Views: 2918

Re: Clever use of a "C" Corporation

Here is the update: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm ... id=3084187

There is a footnote to a blog in the update that may also be of interest to some: https://medium.com/@vthuronyi/a-mistake ... 6f55865e04
by SuzBanyan
Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:55 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Clever use of a "C" Corporation
Replies: 21
Views: 2918

Re: Clever use of a "C" Corporation

According to Daniel Shaviro, one of the authors of that paper, an updated paper should be published in the next day or 2: http://danshaviro.blogspot.com. The current article is linked in his blog.
by SuzBanyan
Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:20 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help with 2018 HSA contribution limit (child turns 26 in December 2018)
Replies: 8
Views: 760

Re: Help with 2018 HSA contribution limit (child turns 26 in December 2018)

HDHP/HSA eligible insurance will cover your daughter to the end of the month in which she turns 26, which for her is to the end of December. Thus, you can contribute the full family plan amount for 2018 to your HSA. However, even though your daughter is on your insurance plan, you cannot reimburse h...
by SuzBanyan
Thu Sep 21, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What's a good big e-reader?
Replies: 10
Views: 984

Re: What's a good big e-reader?

In my opinion, my Kindle Paperwhite is too small for reading .pdf documents. My favorite is the standard size iPad. I read with it flat on the desk or my lap. With the IPad Pro, I can annotate with the Apple Pencil. I rarely read documents on my computer after I got the iPad Pro. For books, I love m...
by SuzBanyan
Mon Jul 24, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: MAGI and Medicare
Replies: 29
Views: 2469

Re: MAGI and Medicare

Appreciate the insight on appeals. In my case I retired 2 years ago, but then from June 2016 thru March of this year worked as a full time consultant, making 2-3 times my previous salary. I think my working days are now over, and my appeal will be based on no longer working. My husband is on Medica...
by SuzBanyan
Mon Jul 17, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Can my wife and I afford to retire in one year with our portfolio, pension, social security
Replies: 41
Views: 4403

Re: Can my wife and I afford to retire in one year with our portfolio, pension, social security

• Health care: 2.5 years retirement health care funded by employer; able to buy into employers group health plan at 100% cost soccerfan25, Is it possible to find out the 100% cost for this year? At my current employer, this number is listed in my pay check (employee and employer portion). The bigge...
by SuzBanyan
Tue Jun 27, 2017 3:50 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Financing Engagement Ring/ Credit Score Potential Consequences
Replies: 39
Views: 2903

Re: Financing Engagement Ring/ Credit Score Potential Consequences

What about your soon-to-be spouse? Can she contribute financial resources to the ring she will be wearing?
by SuzBanyan
Mon May 22, 2017 1:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Well-made quality handbags
Replies: 32
Views: 4060

Re: Well-made quality handbags

Had to laugh at this thread, as I have a huge problem emotionally discarding anything that has useful life left...from appliances to handbags and clothing. I've owned a Stone Mountain bag (from Stone Mountain GA, a tiny town made famous by Kenny on 30 Rock for anyone who watched that show!) for clo...
by SuzBanyan
Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: When To Enroll in ACA (Obamacare)
Replies: 6
Views: 751

Re: When To Enroll in ACA (Obamacare)

There is a proposed rule that was published for comment last week which, if finalized, would make some changes in the special enrollment periods for the ACA. https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2017-03027.pdf You may want to follow this proposed rule in case it results in ...
by SuzBanyan
Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:41 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: No health insurance tax penalty
Replies: 69
Views: 6790

Re: No health insurance tax penalty

That's not right. It is added to total tax liability on line 61 of the 1040. While this is technically true--it does go on the form--it's only a liability if you actually have to pay it. And you don't. See here: https://www.healthcare.gov/fees/fee-for-not-being-covered/ What happens if I don't pay ...
by SuzBanyan
Mon Jan 23, 2017 10:26 am
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2017!
Replies: 309
Views: 44656

Re: Roll Call for the Retirement Class of 2017!

Was going to be in the Class of 17 but worked out a deal with the boss which allows me to work three days a week and keep the benefits. Best of both worlds. Full retirement postponed until further notice. Same for me. I plan to work enough hours this year to get health insurance coverage, then re-e...
by SuzBanyan
Fri Jan 13, 2017 12:48 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Retiree health care premium before reaching medicare age
Replies: 17
Views: 1675

Re: Retiree health care premium before reaching medicare age

I would guess that the crystal ball for health insurance expenses after this year is probably as opaque as it will ever be. In addition, most people expect that even those with insurance will be paying a higher portion of their out of pocket health expenses over time. As a result, health costs in re...
by SuzBanyan
Sun Oct 30, 2016 9:47 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: 65 and 63 year old - retirement question (non-investment)
Replies: 21
Views: 2928

Re: 65 and 63 year old - retirement question (non-investment)

Can your parents pay more towards their mortgage before your Dad stops working? Their income starting in January is $100K and their expenses are $42K plus food. While refinancing to a lower rate may make sense, this is particularly true when it allows earlier repayment of the debt. If they do a non-...
by SuzBanyan
Wed Oct 26, 2016 8:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New couch? Please advise.
Replies: 28
Views: 3458

Re: New couch? Please advise.

From what I have read, furniture manufacturers were hit hard by the Great Recession. As a result, many brands downgraded their quality at that time, making comparisons with older products that much more difficult. Also, any furniture with movable parts will likely have a shorter life span. As a resu...
by SuzBanyan
Sun Oct 23, 2016 7:36 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: New couch? Please advise.
Replies: 28
Views: 3458

Re: New couch? Please advise.

Before we bought our leather sectional last year, I spent a lot of time on the myfurnitureforum.com. Duane Collie, who has a retail store in Virginia and is a dealer for Hancock & Moore, runs the forum. He provides lots of information on quality furniture. I admit that after learning more, we bought...
by SuzBanyan
Wed Oct 19, 2016 9:59 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Close to Retirement - Now What?
Replies: 15
Views: 3829

Re: Close to Retirement - Now What?

I agree with the maxing out your retirement account strategies. This will help put you in a position where you can cash out a good portion of your taxable prior to age 59.5 without being subject to capital gains. Given the size of your 401K + IRA relative to your other assets, I think doing some Ro...
by SuzBanyan
Wed Oct 12, 2016 6:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: CareFirst BlueChoice HDHP federal govt not covering prenatal!
Replies: 10
Views: 1428

Re: CareFirst BlueChoice HDHP federal govt not covering prenatal!

Has the insurance company clearly communicated why it was denied? Are you really covered for "routine" prenatal or just "preventative" prenatal? There may, or may not, be a difference. You posted that the coding was correct, but do you know if a non-preventative code was added which might justify co...
by SuzBanyan
Tue Oct 11, 2016 10:06 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Archer MSA in CA
Replies: 0
Views: 808

Archer MSA in CA

A co-worker asked me about an account with HSA Bank that he has had since before 2002. Based on the date, I assume it is an Archer MSA account. No contributions have been made to the account since 2002, but he does have an HSA to which are current employer is making contributions since 2010. We are ...
by SuzBanyan
Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which city for part time home during retirement?
Replies: 86
Views: 7618

Re: Which city for part time home during retirement?

Have you looked at San Luis Obispo? It doesn't have international flights, but it's about 3.5 hours from San Jose and the same from LAX, so there are options. There are condos in okay locations in your price range and in slightly better locations (higher walkability rating) just above your price ran...
by SuzBanyan
Sun Sep 11, 2016 6:02 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Twin home burns down and one owner won't rebuild. What happens?
Replies: 25
Views: 3807

Re: Twin home burns down and one owner won't rebuild. What happens?

At a minimum, I would suggest having a discussion with the insurance agent about including coverage for additional replacement cost based on changes in the law. if the neighbors' failure to rebuild concurrently means that the new home must have a setback, such "compliance with code" coverage may hel...
by SuzBanyan
Sat Sep 10, 2016 8:45 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hailing runners and tech Bogleheads re:Apple watch 2
Replies: 27
Views: 2508

Re: Hailing runners and tech Bogleheads re:Apple watch 2

Sport or smartwatch is a luxury when you have gps, music and great free apps like Wahoo Fitness to track/train with the phone she has and apparently doesnt mind running with. Just get something that will measure HR and send heart rate to the phone via bluetooth and app- you can get a Wahoo tickr ch...
by SuzBanyan
Mon Sep 05, 2016 9:02 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Professional mid-life crisis
Replies: 28
Views: 5252

Re: Professional mid-life crisis

Miguelito: Is your current position flexible enough that you can take advantage of that short commute and spend more time involved with your kids activities in school or after-school? Maybe coach a team they are on, even if it means both arriving and leaving work early one or 2 days a week?
by SuzBanyan
Sat Sep 03, 2016 1:32 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: How to model a reverse mortgage into early retirement simulations?
Replies: 12
Views: 1732

Re: How to model a reverse mortgage into early retirement simulations?

You should take a look at this paper by Wade Pfau from late last year: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm? ... id=2685816

It compares the possible outcomes between using a reverse mortgage early or late.
by SuzBanyan
Sat Sep 03, 2016 1:23 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help with potential lawsuit
Replies: 32
Views: 3611

Re: Help with potential lawsuit

As said, you're probably fine and let USAA take care of it. I go through USAA for my auto insurance... and have an umbrella policy with them. If you go the umbrella route, USAA will set or adjust your liability limits to what they say you need for the umbrella policy anyway. Prior to getting the um...
by SuzBanyan
Wed Aug 31, 2016 9:26 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Long term care insurance
Replies: 9
Views: 1039

Re: Long term care insurance

One alternative to consider is a reverse home equity loan, HECM. If you own your home free and clear this works well if only one member of the couple needs LTC. The issue occurs when both are no longer living in the home, but you could sell the residence at that point and use the remaining equity t...
by SuzBanyan
Tue Aug 30, 2016 4:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Rich Dad/Poor Dad Assets
Replies: 57
Views: 8140

Re: Rich Dad/Poor Dad Assets

And I see nothing in the Kiyosaki books that tells me a house to live in is ever an acceptable purchase as it will always be a "liability." Thus, anyone who owns a house is "house poor" but would be a wise investor had they only bought the house next door and acted as landlord to their neighbor whi...
by SuzBanyan
Tue Aug 30, 2016 4:12 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Rich Dad/Poor Dad Assets
Replies: 57
Views: 8140

Re: Rich Dad/Poor Dad Assets

Though not a CPA - I have dealt extensively with corporate finance and accounting. I understand assets and liability. However, thinking about my "total assets" with respect to personal finance is not meaningful and isn't meaningful to any decision I might make. The laptop I am typing on is by defin...
by SuzBanyan
Tue Aug 30, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Rich Dad/Poor Dad Assets
Replies: 57
Views: 8140

Re: Rich Dad/Poor Dad Assets

Folks, If some of my peers read his books at some point and chose not to be "House Poor", they would have been saved. Unfortunately, this continues. People treat their house as an "asset" and choose to be "House Poor". Then, they lose their jobs / incomes and their houses sunk their financial futur...
by SuzBanyan
Mon Aug 29, 2016 4:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Selling house to our real estate agent - issues
Replies: 23
Views: 3266

Re: Selling house to our real estate agent - issues

If your former agent is now the prospective buyer, how do you know the offer is competitive?
by SuzBanyan
Sat Aug 27, 2016 9:51 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Birding in Big Sur
Replies: 7
Views: 696

Re: Birding in Big Sur

The local Audobon Society in Morro Bay has a newsletter at morrocoastaudobon.org. There is a talk on the Condors on Sept 19 and birding field trips on the 10th and 20th. There is also an online birding guide for SLO County. Cal Poly, the local university in San Luis Obispo, starts classes on Thursda...
by SuzBanyan
Sat Aug 27, 2016 9:23 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Notarize a Note? and Trustee on DOT
Replies: 11
Views: 837

Re: Notarize a Note? and Trustee on DOT

Is there a reason you just didn't file a lien against your friend's property like a mortgage company would do until the loan is paid off? In effect, you now hold a mortgage. There are tax consequences to that. Will you be reporting the interest you receive on your taxes? I do realize that when I do...
by SuzBanyan
Sat Aug 27, 2016 8:55 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Medallion Signature Guarantee
Replies: 78
Views: 15796

Re: Medallion Signature Guarantee

We were told we needed one recently to set up online access to a DRIP account we have had for many years. The reason was that when the account was set up, the owner was listed as my husband and my name, "community property property. " Because the word "property" was repeated, it was set up as a corp...
by SuzBanyan
Fri Aug 26, 2016 9:40 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Notarize a Note? and Trustee on DOT
Replies: 11
Views: 837

Re: Notarize a Note? and Trustee on DOT

For (1), I would think you would also have the promissory note recorded. That's what's supposed to happen in CA at least. http://saclaw.org/wp-content/uploads/sbs-deed-of-trust-and-promissory-note.pdf Having a title company as Trustee can be normal (2), especially if they offer related services (fo...
by SuzBanyan
Thu Aug 25, 2016 6:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Ten Strategies for using a Reverse Mortgage to help fund retirement"
Replies: 13
Views: 1662

Re: "Ten Strategies for using a Reverse Mortgage to help fund retirement"

. . . The subsequent annual premium is a percentage of the accumulated loan balance, so those will be zero if the LOC is never tapped. . . Here's what the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said about annual costs in 2012: 2.6.2 ONGOING COSTS & FEES Ongoing costs and fees consist of the monthly M...
by SuzBanyan
Thu Aug 25, 2016 5:13 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Ten Strategies for using a Reverse Mortgage to help fund retirement"
Replies: 13
Views: 1662

Re: "Ten Strategies for using a Reverse Mortgage to help fund retirement"

. . . According to Wayne Pfau and mlebuf, as well as my own reading, it is not universally true that the initial premium compounds if you take only the line of credit and no initial payouts. Some lenders will write a contract in which you agree to a higher interest rate formula in exchange for lend...
by SuzBanyan
Wed Aug 24, 2016 3:42 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: "Ten Strategies for using a Reverse Mortgage to help fund retirement"
Replies: 13
Views: 1662

Re: "Ten Strategies for using a Reverse Mortgage to help fund retirement"

Thanks for posting this link. I really like your analogy to a "Swiss-army" knife.
by SuzBanyan
Tue Aug 23, 2016 5:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Can I semi-retire (or retire?)
Replies: 78
Views: 8039

Re: Will I be able to tell my wife I can semi-retire (maybe retire!)?

I would reframe the question: do we have enough for me to be a stay at home parent to our 3 kids, ages 8 to 12? Right now, I believe you have only "guesstimated" your current expenses. Before you can answer this, you need a better handle on your current expenses, as well as your future expenses if y...